How to keep track of your DNA matches and not get lost

Tracking your DNA matches



Keeping track of your DNA matches is getting easier, thanks to advances in online tools. But it’s still a challenge! I used to recommend using a spreadsheet to keep track of them. Now I recommend these approaches:



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1. Whatever testing company you use, label your DNA matches with what you’ve learned about them!


2. Use your testing company’s tools to sort and identify your matches as best you can. Read our article series or consult our guides about the tools on 23andMe, AncestryDNA, Family Tree DNA and MyHeritage.





3. Map out your possible family tree relationships to your DNA matches using the “What Are the Odds” tool described in my new quick reference guide, Finding An Ancestor Using Your DNA. The tool helps you calculate the likelihood of various tree relationships, based on the amount of DNA they share with you.

And as always, let me know if you have any questions.